New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
British musician Stormzy
has today unveiled his hugely anticipated new album, 'Heavy Is The Head' which is now available to stream/purchase everywhere. The album marks a hugely exciting return for the multi award-winning phenomenon and is a record which has been executively produced entirely by the musician himself; showcasing his world class lyricism and musicality alongside many of his celebrated and relatable subject matters. The album features additional vocals from some of the most exciting musicians of this generation - all of whom have been hand-picked by Stormzy
including Ed Sheeran, H.E.R., Burna Boy, YEBBA, Aitch, Headie One, and Tiana Major9 with production from Fred Gibson, Fraser T Smith, T-Minus and others (all outlined below).
The album unveil comes straight off the back of a phenomenal few weeks for 26-year-old Stormzy
who kicked off November announcing 'Heavy Is The Head.' Shortly after, he unveiled his brand new single 'Own It' featuring musical heavyweights Ed Sheeran
and Burna Boy which is Stormzy's 3rd top 5 single in the UK. In addition, last week he announced a huge 58-date 'H.I.T.H. World Tour.' With shows spanning across Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, UK & Ireland and Africa, the tour marks Stormzy's biggest live offering to date. Kicking off in Dubai on February 7th and concluding in Africa in October, the tour will include shows at The Novo in Los Angeles and New York's Brooklyn Steel, as well as stops in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago
and more. Stormzy
will also make his solo debut at London's O2 Arena
for two nights on September
3rd and 4th, marking his first solo shows in London since his 3-day stint at Brixton Academy in 2017.
To date, Stormzy
had unveiled five of the sixteen album tracks, leaving eleven unheard tracks to be heard today. In April he made his remarkable return to the spotlight where he unveiled 'Vossi Bop,' his first release since 2017. 'Vossi Bop' broke the record for the biggest week one streams for a British Rapper ever, with streams accumulating to over 12.7 million. The single earnt Stormzy
his first ever UK #1 single, holding the top position for two consecutive weeks. Shortly after he unveiled the stunning 'Crown' before unveiling his latest track 'Audacity' - released last night, featuring fellow British rapper Headie One.
released his platinum-selling #1 debut album, 'Gang Signs & Prayer' in February 2017, many would merely have called him one of the most promising rappers on the UK scene. Nearly three years on however, that description is utterly inadequate. A showman like no other, his remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable character. Known for evolving the underground musical landscape, as well as being a perennial political agitator, Stormzy
is a true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism. He has become one of the UK's most inspiring cultural figures and earlier this year, during his headline performance at Glastonbury Festival, he took the opportunity to highlight a plethora of social issues, including the injustice of young black children being criminalized in a biased and disproportionate justice system.
Despite being out of the 'musical' spotlight last year, his philanthropy continued. In July 2018 Stormzy
launched 'The Stormzy
Scholarship' - a studentship which funds the study of two black students, each year, at Cambridge University and this summer, launched its second year of the scholarship. Subsequent to the scholarship, he unveiled #Merky Books, an imprint formed in collaboration with Penguin Random
House UK which saw the release of his own book 'Rise Up: The Story So Far' in November. Shortly after he revealed the imprint's 'Writers' Prize' - an initiative which looks for the best authors of the next generation. Adding further strings to his bow, the Ghanaian MC also announced his very own music record label #Merky Records in January 2018 - a subsidiary of Atlantic Records UK - which will look to sign the hottest new and emerging talent.
Further to Stormzy's incredible rise within his recorded music, the Croydon-born MC has also broken records in the live sphere and in June earlier this year he became the first British Rapper to ever headline Glastonbury Festival, one of the world's biggest music festivals! Shortly after, he headed to Ibiza for his annual #Merky Festival - a 2-day event which hosts some of the UK's most in-demand artists. This year the festival sold-out in 48 hours, marking the first time - in Ibiza history - for a ticketed event to have all tickets sold off of the island, prior to the event.
Building momentum with impassioned support from his devoted fan base, Stormzy
is now the proud possessor of over 25 awards including; 2 x BRIT Awards, 1 x Ivor Novello Award, 6 x MOBO Awards, 1 x Q Award, 1 x MTV EMA, 1 x BBC Music
Award, 1 x Teen Choice Award, 3 x AIM Awards, 2 x BET Awards, 2 x British GQ Awards, 2 x Global Awards and many more.
Stayed tuned to watch Stormzy
pave the way with his genre-defining record, "Heavy Is The Head."